How To: Deactivate Find My iPhone or iPad Security Feature for Apple Devices Running iOS 8 When Selling Used iPhones and iPads to e-Cycle

The Find My iPhone/iPad service is available on all Apple devices running iOS 8 as part of iCloud. This beneficial technology makes it more difficult for anyone to access or sell your device in the event it is lost or stolen. While Apple’s security feature is a helpful data security measure, it also prevents e-Cycle’s security team from accessing the device to ensure your private data has been thoroughly sanitized.

To avoid lengthy delays in processing and possible forfeiture of payment, this security feature must be deactivated on your iPhones and iPads prior to shipping them to e-Cycle.

If you’re not sure if you’ve installed iOS 8, go to Settings> General> About> Version. The number beside Version will start with “8.”

Please follow the simple steps below to deactivate the Find My iPhone/iPad security feature or watch the embedded video:

  1. Go to the Settings app on your device
  2. Select “iCloud”
  3. Scroll down to “Find My iPhone/iPad” and toggle the button to the “Off” position
  4. Enter Apple ID password and turn off Find My iPhone

How to Deactivate Find My iPhone Security Lock on Apple iOS 8 Devices from e-Cycle LLC. on Vimeo.

It’s important to never remotely wipe, lock or mark your device as lost or stolen using iTunes or iCloud when sending it to e-Cycle because it will reactivate the lock.

After completing these steps, the Find My iPhone functionality will be disabled and your device will be ready to send to e-Cycle. You can also visit www.iCloud.com/activationlock to check your device’s activation lock status and confirm it has been properly deactivated. Upon entering your device’s IMEI or Serial Number (you can find instructions on where to find this information here), the Activation Lock should read “Off.”

If you have already sent your iOS devices to e-Cycle, you can disable the Find My iPhone  lock through iCloud by following these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Apple iCloud account: www.iCloud.com/#find
  2. Click the “All Devices” link at the top of the page
  3. Click on the device you would like to deactivate (the device may appear as “Offline”)
  4. Click “Remove from Account” at the bottom of the page
  5. Click “Remove” when prompted
  6. Your device can now be processed by e-Cycle

Be certain to take the steps above so you are eligible to receive buyback dollars for your Apple iPhone and iPad devices. Failure to deactivate the Find my iPhone/iPad security feature on Apple devices will result in a considerable delay in processing and may result in forfeiture of payment for your device.

For more information or support, please contact the e-Cycle support team at GoGreen@e-Cycle.com or 1.855.329.2536 (855.ECYCLE.NOW).

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e-Cycle Expands Operations and Service Offerings in Response to iPhone 5s, 5c and iPad Announcements

Christopher Irion, e-Cycle Founder and CEO, announced that he is expanding e-Cycle’s operations department and service offerings due to an influx of businesses seeking to sell and recycle their used mobile devices. Irion attributes this increase to the recent launch of the new Apple iPhone 5s, 5c and iPad models.

e-Cycle has experienced a more than 300 percent increase in wireless buyback quote requests since the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c, allowing its operations team to grow in conjunction.

According to Irion, factory resets and remote wiping technologies do not delete all the confidential information stored in mobile devices. Private data such as telephone numbers, pins, emails and photographs often remain in hidden menus.

A large percentage of mobile devices that arrive at the e-Cycle facility still contain sensitive data, even after they were reported to have been wiped prior to shipping. Of the devices received at the facility, e-Cycle’s data security department reports that:

  • 2% have active phone lines – resulting in data security risks and unnecessary carrier charges
  • 55% of devices have SIM cards that contain sensitive information
  • 1 in 5 devices have SD memory cards with access to private files

“e-Cycle employs advanced technologies and multi-step, proprietary data removal processes that not only restores the device to original factory settings, but also manually deletes or overwrites any data that might remain,” said Irion. “Every device we purchase is also subjected to stringent quality assurance testing. We hire third-party, forensic auditors on a quarterly basis to test random samples of our phones and validate our data removal processes.”

If a device cannot be reused in the marketplace or has functionality flaws that prevent removal of data, the device is shredded onsite and recycled responsibly.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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How To: Deactivate Find My iPhone or iPad Activation Lock for Apple iOS 7 Devices When Selling Used iPhones and iPads to e-Cycle

When upgrading your Apple iPhone or iPad to the new iOS 7 operating system, you will notice a new Find My iPhone/iPad feature called Activation Lock. This beneficial new technology makes it more difficult for anyone to access or sell your device in the event it is lost or stolen.

Activation Lock starts working the moment you turn on the Find My iPhone application in iOS 7. While Apple’s new security feature is a helpful data security measure, it also prevents e-Cycle’s security team from accessing the device to ensure your private data has been completely sanitized.

To avoid lengthy delays in processing and possible forfeiture of payment, the Activation Lock must be deactivated on your iPhones and iPads prior to shipping them to e-Cycle.

Please follow the simple steps below to deactivate the Find My iPhone/iPad feature or watch the embedded video:

  1. Go to the Settings app on your device
  2. Select “Privacy”
  3. Select “Location Services”
  4. Select “Find My iPhone/iPad”
  5. Toggle Find My iPhone/iPad to the “Off” position
  6. Enter Apple ID password & turn off Find My iPhone

After completing these steps, the Find My iPhone functionality will be disabled and your device will be ready to send to e-Cycle. It’s important to never remotely wipe, lock or mark your device as lost or stolen using iTunes or iCloud when sending it to e-Cycle because it will reactivate the lock.

If you have already sent your iOS devices to e-Cycle, you can disable the Find My iPhone  lock through iCloud by following these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Apple iCloud account at http://www.icloud.com/#find
  2. Click the “All Devices” link at the top of the page
  3. Click on the device you would like to deactivate
  4. Click the device name link at the top of the page
  5. Click the black “X ” next to your device
  6. Click “Remove” when prompted

If you’re not sure if you’ve installed iOS 7, go to Settings> General> About> Version. The number beside Version will start with “7” if your device is operating on iOS 7.

Be certain to take the steps above so you are eligible to receive buyback dollars for your Apple iPhone and iPad devices. Failure to deactivate the Find my iPhone/iPad Activation Lock on Apple devices will result in a considerable delay in processing and may result in forfeiture of payment for your device.

For more information or support, please contact the e-Cycle support team at GoGreen@e-Cycle.com or 1.855.329.2536 (855.ECYCLE.NOW).

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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How Much is Your Private Data Worth? Choose the Right Mobile Buyback and Recycling Partner

How much would you charge a stranger for your contacts, family photos and pin number? $5? $20? It sounds ridiculous, but many businesses and consumers are doing just that when they choose to sell their used phone and tablets to a company based solely on the highest buyback price. It’s important to consider the entire value of the services offered when choosing a mobile revenue recovery and recycling company.

A study by CPP Life Assistance found that 54 percent of cell phones purchased second-hand contained personal data such as emails and bank details from the previous owners. They also purchased 50 SIM cards and 27 of them contained similar private information.

CPP Life Assistance went a step further and asked the original mobile phone owners if they had deleted their personal data prior to selling their device; 81 percent claimed they did.

So how can you ensure your data is protected?

Many will advise you to perform a factory reset, but as this study has shown, that is not always effective in removing all sensitive data from your mobile devices. Partnering with a mobile buyback and recycling company that makes data security a top priority is the only way to ensure your data is protected.

Qualities that indicate a recycler provides effective data security include testing for active lines, an e-Stewards certification, device-specific wiping processes and quality assurance checks. At e-Cycle, we prove our value by providing all these services and more at zero cost. All mobile devices received at our facility go through rigorous, multi-step data deletion procedures and verification testing for quality assurance. Third party, forensic auditors randomly-test our devices and validate our data security processes quarterly. If the e-Cycle data security team is not certain the data on the device it removed (many times due to functionality flaws), the device is shredded onsite to protect your personal and corporate data.

Reselling used mobile phones and tablets for reuse so that the lives of the devices can be extended is an essential part of a responsible wireless recycling plan. However, carefully consider the total value your chosen mobile buyback and recycling partner offers. Is it really worth risking your sensitive data by selecting a less-than-reputable company that offers a few dollars extra per device? Instead, choose a wireless revenue recovery partner such as e-Cycle that offers the total package: highly competitive pricing, industry-leading data security and e-Stewards certified electronics recycling and environmental protection.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless mobile buyback and recycling partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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Consumers Hesitant to Recycle and Resell Used Cell Phones

Nearly 60 percent of people who do not recycle used cell phones refrain from doing so because they don’t know where to recycle their devices or they don’t trust that the data will be destroyed, according to an online poll conducted by Earth911 for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

The poll was conducted on Earth911’s website from June 20 to September 9, 2013 and received responses from more than 900 individuals. The results support the findings of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s study that indicated only 25 percent of all household used electronics are recycled.

As consumers enthusiastically await the arrival their new Apple iPhone 5s or 5c, it is important to keep in mind the urgent need to responsibly sell and recycle old cell phones to protect their data and environment. For every 42 cell phones recycled, enough energy is saved to power an average household for an entire year.

Why Consumers Aren’t Recycling Their Cell Phones

According to the poll, 21 percent of respondents say they have not recycled their old mobile device because they keep it as a backup, while 20 percent say they just earth911 statisticshaven’t gotten around to it. Thirty percent indicated that they don’t know where to recycle their cell phone and 29 percent of respondents say they are worried about data security risks associated with recycling.

To ensure the personal data on your cell phone is protected, e-Cycle mobile buyback and recycling recommends consumers avoid selling their devices on eBay, Craiglist and to be very wary of online buyback companies or kiosks in shopping malls that offer to purchase used electronics devices. Often they provide no assurance of data deletion and have been known to resell wireless devices with private data still remaining. e-Cycle encourages consumers to only use electronics recyclers who do more than just a factory reset for data deletion, which does not remove all personal data. Residual personal data often remains, stored in hidden menus, even after a mobile phone has been brought back to factory settings. Be certain your recycler is doing more than a simple factory reset by asking questions and carefully reviewing their terms and conditions.

e-Cycle urges reluctant consumers to only sell or recycle their used mobile phones and tablets with an e-Stewards certified recycling company to ensure their data and the environment are protected. e-Stewards requires certified recyclers to adhere to the highest global standards of environmental protection and has stringent data security measures as part of its certification. e-Stewards certified recyclers are required to delete or destroy all the data from the devices they receive.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless mobile buyback and recycling partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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Sell Your iPhones to e-Cycle for the Highest Pricing and to Protect Your Private Mobile Data

Are you upgrading to the Apple iPhone 5s or 5c? e-Cycle, the most trusted iPhone mobile buyback and recycling company, provides businesses a secure and profitable way to sell used iPhones while ensuring their mobile data is eradicated from the devices.

When selling used iPhones or other mobile devices, it is crucial for businesses and consumers to make certain sensitive data on their mobile phones is properly wiped. Factory resets are unreliable and can leave information behind in hidden menus, including phone numbers, e-mails, photographs, addresses, pins and other confidential information. e-Cycle employs a combination of rigorous, multi-step data sanitation procedures and quality assurance checks to ensure we provide the best data protection in the industry.

e-Cycle’s simple iPhone buyback program offers high prices, free shipping and fast payments that put money back into your pocket to greatly offset the cost of purchasing the new Apple iPhone 5s or 5c. e-Cycle purchases more than 400 types of mobile phones and tablets and is a trusted partner to the largest global businesses and government agencies in the world.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless mobile buyback and recycling partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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e-Cycle Supports the “It Can Wait” Campaign to Prevent Texting and Driving

e-Cycle is joining the It Can Wait movement to end texting and driving by encouraging all of our employees and clients to participate in Drive 4 Pledges Day on September 19, 2013.

Join the 1.8 million people that have committed to never text and drive through ItCanWait.com on Drive 4 Pledges Day. Then share your commitment to inspire others to do the same. If you believe texting and driving isn’t an issue, learn about the dangers and consequences first hand by trying the texting and driving simulator online or at an It Can Wait event.

The Facts

Sending or looking at a text, tweet, post or email from behind the wheel can be deadly. Unfortunately, the number of people texting and driving is high even though hands-free and educational resources are readily available. Recent studies have found that:

  • Commuters are the biggest offenders, with 49 percent admitting to texting while driving.
  • 98 percent of the population knows sending texts while driving is not safe, yet 50 percent of drivers do it anyway.
  • 40 percent of drivers who text while driving call it a habit.
  • Those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash.
  • More than 100,000 crashes each year involve drivers that are texting.
  • Teens, on average, text five times more a day than a typical adult.
  • 75% of teens say texting and driving is “common” among their friends.

Tips for breaking the habit

It Can Wait put together the following tips to help you stay true to your pledge and break your dangerous texting and driving habit:

  • Download the AT&T Drive Mode App– This mobile app will automatically reply to incoming messages with a customizable text to let people know you are driving and will respond later.
  • Assign a Designated Texter – Let your passengers respond to incoming texts for you.
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Put your phone on silent mode or in a place you can’t reach while in the car.
  • Listen to music – Create a playlist or listen to the radio.
  • Call, don’t text – Use Bluetooth features to safely make urgent calls.
  • Speak up – If you see someone texting while driving, ask them to stop.

The Drive 4 Pledges Day is a nationwide effort, first launched by AT&T in 2009 that focuses on educating people about the dangers of texting and driving. Other carriers have since joined the movement, including Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Together, we can all have a part in making sure that no more lives are lost. No message is so urgent that it is worth diverting attention from the road and risking lives in the process. It Can Wait.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless mobile buyback and recycling partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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States are Mandating a Safe, Secure Disposal of e-Waste | e-Cycle

e-Waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the U.S. If electronic devices are not properly recycled, the toxic chemicals contained inside these devices can cause serious environmental and health concerns. While there have been numerous attempts to develop Federal laws on the disposal of e-Waste, there are currently no Federal mandates in place. In many jurisdictions, the disposal of toxic e-Waste in landfills is still legal, causing severe environmental damage to the surrounding communities. As a result, various states have begun developing laws surrounding the secure disposal of e-Waste.

According to the EPA, electronics such as CRT monitors, cell phones and mobile devices test “hazardous” and require special handling for disposal. Improper disposal can cause toxic chemicals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic, located inside these devices to seep into the soil and contaminate the groundwater. In fact, one mobile phone has enough toxins to contaminate 40,000 gallons of water.

25 states have passed legislation mandating statewide e-Waste recycling while several more are passing new laws or improving legislation. Most recently, Colorado’s Governor signed a bill banning the dumping of electronic equipment in landfills and requiring the state to utilize certified recyclers. Six other states introduced e-Waste legislation in 2011. Currently, statewide e-Waste recycling laws cover 65 percent of the U.S. population.

New York State instituted the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act last year and while there is room for improvement, the program appears to be working. Fairly aggressive targets were set for the program and though the amount of e-Waste collected has not been totaled, the number of collection options grew 77 percent in the last year. Recyclers and local governments report that the increased ease and convenience in recycling caused an increase in the quantity of e-Waste collected in 2011.

e-Stewards, a leading global program, allows businesses that dispose of their old electronic equipment to easily identify recycling companies that adhere to the highest standards of environmental responsibility and employee protection. An e-Stewards Certification requires a recycler to meet rigorous environmental, health and safety requirements while prohibiting the improper disposal of toxic waste in landfills and shipment overseas. Recently, e-Cycle LLC became the first mobile phone buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards Certified.

e-Cycle provides businesses a safe and environmentally friendly method for the disposal of used mobile phones and devices. Assisting organizations in taking a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless recycling, e-Cycle purchases used cell phones and tablets that still retain value and recycles all others at no charge through an EPA-registered facility. A rigorous multi-step data deletion process permanently removes confidential data stored on these devices. Not only does e-Cycle maintain a strict zero landfill policy, their e-Stewards Certification also ensures dedication to upholding the highest global standards for environmental responsibility.

Many states either lack adequate regulations for this relatively new waste stream, or lack effective enforcement of new e-waste regulations. However, with electronic waste representing 70 percent of toxins in our landfills, policies need to be put in place to battle this growing issue. As more states begin to implement e-Waste legislation, e-Cycle provides enterprises with a secure and profitable solution for mobile phone recycling and reuse. Find out more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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Top Cell Phones Recycled by e-Cycle

Mobile phone recycling continues to catch on as more and more people and businesses begin to understand the variety of benefits that come from selling used cell phones. As e-Cycle continues to be an industry leader in mobile phone recycling, we want to emphasize that we are able to work with just about anybody. Whether you are looking to sell your iPhone for some extra cash or your business is looking to sell a different model in bulk, you’ve come to the right place.

So what are some of the phones recycled by e-Cycle? Here’s a list of the types of phones that we recycle the most:

  • Motorola v325
  • Motorola i560
  • Motorola i530
  • Motorola i355
  • RIM Blackberry 7290
  • RIM Blackberry 8703e
  • RIM Blackberry 7280
  • LG VX-3200
  • LG VX-3300
  • Nokia 5160
  • Nokia 5165

As you can see, e-Cycle deals with a wide variety of different cell phone models, and we are more than happy to accommodate your old phone. With e-Cycle, you are guaranteed the easiest and most secure way to sell your mobile phone. Businesses, organizations, and individuals love the fact that we safeguard private data in addition to helping people do something worthwhile for the environment by preventing electronic waste.

The easiest way to sell your mobile phone with e-Cycle is by filling out the online form to request a quote. From there, an e-Cycle account manager will follow-up with you to answer your questions and provide the quote.

Mobile phone recycling will continue to increase in popularity – especially when the Verizon iPhone finally gets released – so it is important to know the best cell phone recycling company to work with. We pride ourselves on being able to offer you the best services and the highest buyback prices.

Whatever type of cell phone you have, be sure to e-Cycle it!

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Sell Your iPhone and Upgrade Sooner | e-Cycle

Looking for a quick and easy way to sell your iPhone? Look no further than e-Cycle, your mobile phone recycling experts. We pride ourselves on being able to provide the best possible experience for someone who is selling an old mobile phone.

The process for recycling cell phones couldn’t be any easier. With e-Cycle, you will be taken care of in three easy steps:

  1. Select the model of iPhone or iPad that you are selling and get an instant quote.
  2. We will send you a complimentary box and shipping labels so you won’t have to pay a dime for sending your phone to us.
  3. You’ll receive a quick payment in the mail.

And the best part about selling used iPhones with e-Cycle? It allows you to upgrade your phone to a newer model sooner, which is particularly good news if you’ll be itching to get the new Verizon iPhone when it is finally released.

If you’re thinking “Man, I want to sell my iPhone right now,” there’s never been a better time to do so. You get to upgrade sooner and, to top it all off, you’ll be doing something great for the environment by preventing more electronic waste.

So, if you’d like to sell your iPhone, remember what e-Cycle can do for you. Prompt service and high buyback prices make us the perfect option for mobile phone recycling.

If you are thinking of getting rid of an old mobile phone – whether it’s to upgrade sooner or make some extra cash – don’t just recycle it, e-Cycle it!

 

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